Everyday IT (Functional Skills Entry Level)

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 209 Conc £0 Full £603

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Wednesday 10:00 - 12:30 18 MAC 18/09/2019 12/02/2020 JS1000
Monday 12:30 - 15:00 18 MAC 24/02/2020 13/07/2020 JS2000

What will the course cover?

Functional Skills ICT (Entry Level) covers the basic skills you need to start using a computer. The course will show you how to use a mouse and keyboard, how to email, use a word processor and how to search for information and stay safe online. The Functional skills qualification “enables learners to apply computing skills and use relevant technology effectively in both their personal and professional lives. Functional Skills equips learners with the fundamental applied skills needed to succeed in all aspects of life, work and other learning”. The course will cover Windows 7 and Office 2010 software.

Who is the course for?

Beginners who have little to no experience using a computer, and want to get to grips with a PC, use a word processor and get online and start using the internet and email. Learners who want to be able to make full use of IT resources in their daily lives and gain a qualification.  Being able to use technology confidently and competently, especially the ability to transfer those skills to different software and equipment is crucial in daily life.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Some very basic knowledge of using a computer (using the mouse and keyboard, how to get around the windows desktop) would be helpful but not essential.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Interact with and use a computer to perform basic tasks; Store information; Follow safety and security practices; Use simple searches to find information; Select relevant information from search results; Read, send and receive electronic messages; Use email contacts; Understand the need to stay safe and to respect others when using the internet.

How is the course organised?

Explanations, tasks, demonstrations, discussions, and hands on practise.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and practice the topics covered during the class each week – the more you practice, the faster your skills will improve. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth centre, or at your local library.

How will my progress be assessed?

Classroom tasks will help you decide what else you need to learn or practise. The tutor may provide homework or specific tasks to assess your progress. Formal and  Informal feedback. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress through the course.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Classroom tasks will help you decide what else you need to learn or practise. The tutor may provide homework or specific tasks to assess your progress. Formal and  Informal feedback. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress through the course.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

A pen and notebook, a file folder to store handouts, and a USB key if you want to take your work home with you (your tutor can give you advice on purchasing USB keys). You may benefit from investing in a guide book to supplement your learning. There are some good introductory guides to using the Internet, like 'The Internet for Dummies' by John R. Levine (ISBN 1118096142). On the computer side, you could try 'PCs for Dummies' - Gookin (ISBN 1118197348), or ‘Windows 10 in Easy Steps’ – Vandome (ISBN 1840786434) Once you are comfortable using the Internet, there are some helpful online sites: www.bbc.co.uk/webwise - some good introductory courses which contains lots of background information, and a lot of explanations about internet related topics. You can also sign up for a weekly newsletter with lots of tips, tricks and explanations. netforbeginners.about.com - articles and guides to help develop your skills www.free-computer-tutorials.net - a range of tutorials for Windows and applications like Word, aimed at beginners.

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley (sean.buckley@lbhf.gov.uk) to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.